Lois Smiler - Whanau Support Social Worker

Kia ora my name is Lois Smiler and I am currently the Social worker based at Te Whare Whai Hua (Young Parents School) at Lytton High School Gisborne. My role is to provide awhi and support for our teen parents and their whanau while they continue their studies and gain valuable qualifications. We work very much from a whanau concept and my team implements a number of academic/life skill programmes ranging from Parenting, Learning to drive, Budgeting and Family violence awareness to name but a few. 

I believe that the empowerment of our whanau and ourselves through education, awhi and tautoko is the greatest gift we can give to each other.